All too often, we hear promise after promise from candidates seeking to be elected or re-elected.
And all too often, those promises don’t come to fruition. It’s a sad reality, because the voters put their trust in the candidates to do what they pledged to do.
So, when politicians do keep their promises, they deserve credit.
Last fall, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised that if he were re-elected to the Senate he would get the necessary votes to vote to repeal Obamacare.
Early this month, McConnell stuck to that promise and almost on a party-line vote passed legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Similar legislation to repeal Obamacare passed the House in late October.
Twenty-two years ago, my esteemed colleague Dan Henninger wrote a blockbuster Journal editorial titled “No Guardrails.” Its subject was people “who don’t think that rules of personal or civil conduct apply to them,” as well as the elites who excuse this lack of self-control and the birth of a less-civilized culture.
We are today witnessing the political version of this phenomenon. That’s how to make sense of a presidential race that grows more disconnected from normality by the day.
In Virginia, a state the media has more and more characterized as leaning Democrat, Republicans not only kept control of the state legislature, but increased their control. Not only did they increase their control, they also made it more conservative. Several moderate legislators were replaced with more conservative Republicans.
Washington, D.C.- Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 3762, a bill that uses the Congressional budget fast-track reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood for one year and to eliminate a number of key portions of Obamacare, such as the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the medical device tax, and others. Rep. Benishek, who supported this bill, released the following statement:
“This legislation is so important because it can actually make it to the President’s desk and give him the opportunity to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding the horrific disregard for human life shown by Planned Parenthood. This legislation also gives the President the chance to repeal several portions of his misguided health care plan, so that we can improve the quality of care available for patients. This bill is an opportunity for President Obama to do right by the American people and finally eliminate these unwanted public policies”
Before the ACA was passed, Democrats screamed, “The sky is falling! We must pass this law!’ Now that the Supreme Court stands poised to finally drive a stake through the heart of one of the worst misuses of legislative power exercised by a single party this century, the Democrats are again screaming, “The sky is falling!”
But is it?
Betsy McCaughey’s June 3rd New York Post article, “If Supremes Slap ObamaCare, it’s health insurers who lose” nails the post-decision fallout from King v. Burwell, should the Supremes actually apply the “plain meaning” of the ACA and gut Obamacare’s subsidies. (Emphasis added)…
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6, 2014 – Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have been trying to distract voters from their “Lie of the Year” that cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care. Their support for Obamacare also hurt seniors as the law cut more than $700 billion from Medicare.
“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have some serious questions to answer about their support for Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The ‘Lie of the Year’ not only cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care, but it will also hurt our seniors by limiting their access to high-quality care. It’s clear Gary Peters and Mark Schauer don’t care about Michigan’s middle-class families and seniors who are suffering.”